Guam – St. John’s headmaster Glenn Chapin accepted a donation check of $500,000 from the Ysrael family on November 8 as part of the school’s continued fundraising efforts to complete a new sports complex currently under construction. The donation will be applied to completion of the first phase of the project including a 25-meter competition swimming pool with seven lanes, locker rooms for individual and team use, shaded bleachers for spectators, and parking lot.
“The purpose of our donation is to promote swimming on Guam,” stated Michael Ysrael. He goes on to describe that swimming is a sport that encourages healthy lifestyles and water safety, and positions Guam’s swimmers for regional and international competition.
The Ysrael’s are best known for their swimming accomplishments in the community, and are alumni and current students of St. John’s School. “We are grateful to St. John’s School for making it possible to realize our vision of promoting the sport of swimming. When the project is completed, we envision swimming being an integral part of the school’s educational and athletic programs, in addition to opportunities for community swimming organizations to utilize the facility,” stated Ysrael.
In addition to the swimming facility, the sports complex will include three regulation tennis courts and upgraded soccer field. “St. John’s is grateful for the Ysrael family contribution and the confidence shown in Guam’s future. However, to complete the project and benefit students throughout Guam, we are reliant upon other families and businesses coming forth with additional contributions,” stated Chapin.
Information from a press release.